Hatch Act Guidance
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper delivers a message on ethics at the Pentagon. View the video on DVIDS.
This video gives an introduction to the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activity of some government employees. The video is from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the Hatch Act.
Do you have questions about the Hatch Act? Do you need to report a Hatch Act violation? Reach out to the DLA General Counsel through Claes.Lewenhaupt@dla.mil.
The Office of Special Counsel issued updated guidance March 5, 2018, regarding the Hatch Act and President Donald Trump’s status as a candidate in the 2020 Presidential election.
The Hatch Act of 1939 limits certain political activities of federal employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. The law ensures federal programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, protects federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and ensures federal employees are promoted on merit and not political affiliation.
The Hatch Act protects DLA employees from coercion or other detrimental actions caused by political association, and it’s important to know which rules apply to you. Application of the rules varies depending on an employee’s position or office. Read more details in the DLA Workforce Reminder Guidance on Political Activity (PDF).
Political activities and the Hatch Act guidance when teleworking (PDF)
Yes, DoD provides voting assistance via the Federal Voting Assistance Program. FVAP works to ensure service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so, from anywhere in the world, via https://www.fvap.gov. The services also provide voting assistance officers at the unit level to facilitate in-person assistance when required.